Mount Allen from Upper Works Trailhead

HARD 8 reviews
#8 of 14 trails in

Mount Allen from Upper Works Trailhead is a 18.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newcomb, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

18.9 miles
3838 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips







wild flowers




over grown

Mt Allen (#26 on ADK 46'er list @4,340ft) is very difficult mainly because of how long it is. 18 miles round trip. This is a pretty unfulfilling hike with not many great views. However, you will have a few stories once you finish it. After signing in, you'll follow the path down to the Hudson River. You'll cross a suspension bridge and continue another few minutes to Lake Jimmy. There is a detour around the lake but if you look you can see pieces of the old bridge still floating around. Continue on the path to the old Ranger building. Feel free to check it out. Stay on the old road till you come up to a carin and turn left. There is an arrow marked on a nearby tree stay straight and follow yellow markers on the trees. You'll come up to an old red gate, jumped and continue on. At about 4 miles in, you'll need to cross a river. There is no bridge and depending on the water level you might be able to jump rocks just 100 feet up river. Bring water shoes if you decide to ford it. For the next 1.5 miles its pretty narrow and overgrown but easy to follow. You'll pass a sign for Mt Marcy, just keep going past it and you'll run into a sign for Allen and a yellow arrow pointing the way. 5.25 miles in, you'll come to a road and some arrows on trees, go left and you'll see a gravel parking lot on the right. At the end of the parking lot is a second trail register. Sign in and continue on. From here, it starts the unmarked trail. Still pretty easy to follow, you'll cross a few streams, and pass a few water falls. One waterfall is marked by a cairn and this indicates 1 mile to the summit. It's very steep and slippery so be careful. Once on the summit, there is a small clearing and Allen Mountain sign. Then just follow it back down when your ready. Good Luck.

18 days ago

Allen has a bad name for being a "hard" hike. It's a longer hike for the Adirondacks but isn't to awful in my opinion. Be careful on the redslime once making your way up the slide and you'll be okay. Enjoy

28 days ago

Great view. Faaaaar. Went with Todd n Frank. Last mile we ran top speed because of lightning. Crazy scary. But good way to cool off!

6 months ago

Long day, hiked 10:30 hours, great views along the trail. Started 7:00 am and summited 1:00 pm, used snowshoes and crampons. Great day, no winds, sunny and clear. Some part of trail were hard because of Thawing conditions.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Hiked out and planned to stay the night near the peak, and then summit the next morning. If something doesn't go wrong, then it's not an adventure...My brand new tent came with no poles, which was easy enough to over come with some rope. The hard part to beat was - no rain fly! We camped about a mile from the peak and the weather was good until about 3:30 am. Rain and wind, three of us had to sleep underneath the tent. Worst trip, for me, so far.
The hike was good though. The trail is easy and nearly flat until you get to the base of the mountain. I'll be back!

Monday, July 04, 2016

nice waterfalls, great birding spot, and an all around good full day workout. start around 6 am when you have full daylight hours. very remote, so pack extra water and plan to stay overnight if you get tired.

Monday, October 12, 2015

First high peak for me. I am a very athletic person and I will say this hike definitely exhausted me. The mud, slippery climb up and slide down was rough on my knees as well. Glad this one is done for me.

Friday, July 10, 2015

This is a very difficult mainly just because how long it is. Get an early start, and watch the weather. Its fairly muddy on most of trails. The old roads are in really good condition. The path is pretty easy to follow. Just once you hit the waterfall marked with a cairn, it is 1 mile to the summit. With about 50-60% incline to get there. Good Luck.